Like a lot of knitting addicts, I often have more than one project on the go. Recently I had the greatest pleasure in knitting two projects concurrently: one easy, one challenging.
The easy project was a garter-stitch scarf made of two skeins of Colinette Point 5 wool. I’d bought it on a trip to the Wool Shed in Oyne with Roobeedoo last year. I loved the colours, and thought the thick-thin texture would be fun.
It was SUCH a pleasure to knit with! I actually knit it twice – the first time I was aiming to make a buttoned cowl, but it wasn’t right. So I undid it and reknit it into a scarf. I loved every stitch, both times:
Not only was it wonderful to watch the colours and thick-thin texture glide through my hands, but it has been a warm and beautiful scarf to wear. There was a frost on the ground this morning, so I may get a few more weeks to wear it yet.
My challenging project was the most complicated thing I have ever knit! I have a friend who turns 80 this spring. I wanted to knit her something – she’s a knitter herself – but I didn’t want to make anything with the faintest suggestion of invalidity. No bed jackets, slippers, or lap rugs. I hope she remains as active as she is now for a long time.
At the Glasgow School of Yarn, which I visited very briefly last October, I met the designer Lucy Hague, who designs with an astonishing “vocabulary” of Celtic cables. There is a photo of her in her stall at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival here. I bought her pattern Taliesin, and made the smaller size using Shetland wool. I am very pleased with the result, and I hope the recipient will be too:
The wool is beautifully heathered:
I think, in terms of the knitting (as opposed to construction), this is the most complicated project I have ever done. I ended up working from the written-out instructions, and when I got to the final third of the pattern (the edging), I had to highlight the different sections just to keep them straight:
I learned a lot of new cabling techniques! Cables carried horizontally, cables made with wrapping the stitch twice so it will stretch, cables done on the wrong side, masses of “tbl” (through back of loop) stitches. It was utterly absorbing and I loved watching the design emerge!
But it’s not the kind of knitting you can do on the train – hence the wonderfully relaxing Colinette scarf. For those on Ravelry, details are on my project page.
WordPress tells me that I started my blog five years ago today! Fancy that. So much has changed, and yet some things, like the joy of knitting and frosty spring mornings, haven’t! Tilly begged to be let outside this morning, so I put her collar on and opened the back door. But when she sensed the cold, she decided just to watch from inside the door!
I hope your week is going very well.